Tripping with The Belles

Tripping with The Belles

Fancy A Day Out with The Belles?

Check out our calendar of amazing extra-curricular events!


Booking Information

Give your name, mobile number & email address to Sue or Terri at the Treasurers table either before the start of the monthly meeting or at the end.

If tickets are involved & you may qualify for a concession, you must let Sue or Terri know.

Once the cost of the trip has been clarified, the preferred method of payment is by BACS direct into The Belles account. Cash or cheques will also be accepted at the monthly meeting.

BACS details:
Name of Account : The Brentwood Belles WI
Account no:             51794957
Sort code:                40-13-22

Please enter your name & the name of the trip, so that Viv who is Treasurer knows what the payment is for & email Sue/Terri so we know that you have paid.

As with all WI events, if you are unable to come unless you can get another Belle to take your place (please let Sue or Terri know) unfortunately the costs cannot be refunded.

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Upcoming Trips


Tripping Tales 

Upcoming Trips


Saturday – 2nd

An Outdoor Showing of GREASE
Essex Outdoor Cinema, Hainault Forest Country Park
Duration: 7pm to 11:30pm
Cost: £12

Essex Outdoor Cinemas are screening the all time classic flick GREASE at Hainault Country Park. Film for an evening of cinema and wonderful pre-show entertainment. Gates open at 7pm and there will be music and live entertainment before the film which aims to start at approximately 9.30pm, make sure you arrive early to nab the best spot! They may need need to start a little late, as they are reliant on light conditions being right. Bring your own picnic, drink, chair and warm clothing.


Thursday – 26th

Brentwood Museum Visit
Brentwood Museum, Lorne Road, CM14 5HH
Time: 2pm
Cost: £2

Visit to the museum followed by tea on the lawn.


Friday 31st – Sunday 2nd September 2018

Potters Exercise and Dance Weekend

At Potters Resort, Coast Road, Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk NR31 9BX

2 night’s accommodation sharing a bungalow (with your own room)
Includes evening Dinner on Friday, 4 meals Saturday, Breakfast and lunch Sunday
Full day time programme of activities (see website for example)
Use of sport and leisure facilities (including tennis courts, swimming pool and spa, pitch and putt, shooting range, squash courts)
Live evening and late night entertainment



£214 in a ‘bungalow plus’ plus £5 cancellation insurance. Total £219

Contact Ann-Marie: or phone/text 07774-109749 for more information.

Deposit of £40 required by 23rd March 2018 which must be paid directly to Ann-Marie NOT the Belles account specified above!


Barnards Farm Gardens & Sculptures – 16th July 2015
Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum
Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty
Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum – 25th July 2015
Backstage tour of The Cliffs Pavilion & Afternoon Tea – 26th October 2015
Visit to the Liberty in Fashion exhibition London (and Glass Blowing) – 6th February 2016
Guide Dogs Training Centre - 11th May 2016
Guide Dogs Training Centre – 11th May 2016
Visit to Capel Manor Gardens 22nd June 2016 – Ladies in the Maze
Visit to Capel Manor Gardens 22nd June 2016
Visit to Capel Manor 22nd June 2016
Visit to the Cinema Museum
Visit to the Cinema Museum, 15th September 2016
Alpaca Farm & shop visit - 10th November 2016
Alpaca Farm & shop visit – 10th November 2016
Kings Seeds & walk around the sweet pea fields – 17th June 2017

The Charterhouse, London – 22nd September 2017

London Postal Museum – 12th March 2018

London Postal Museum – 12th March 2018

A Ride on the Underground Mail Train – 12th March 2018

Tiptree Farm Tour – 20th April 2018

Tiptree Tractor Trailer Ride – 20th April 2018

Tripping Tales

The Cliffs Pavilion visit
Eleven of us went to The Cliffs Pavilion in October 2015.
We had a very informative talk and were able to walk on the stage and see the changing rooms and loading bay. Afternoon tea in the restaurant overlooking the sea made a perfect end to the afternoon.
We hope to arrange a trip to see something here next year, then we will have an idea of what’s happening behind the scenes!

The Hanningfield Smokehouse visit
A couple of visits have been made here. The process of smoking fish was explained, there were mouth-watering tasters and we completed our visit with some purchases.

Guide Dogs Training Centre visit
In May 2016, fifteen of us visited the Guide Dogs Training Centre in Woodford Bridge to see and hear about the amazing work they do there. We went into the indoor training room & watched 4 dogs at different stages of their training taking part in exercises & had a chance to stroke them afterwards, they were adorable! There were different breeds if dogs, including a Labradoodle…tempting to bring one home! Several of us bought the nearest soft toy substitutes in the gift shop!
We were taken into the kennels, which can house up to 150 dogs and saw an outdoor demo with the dogs walking around an obstacle course. Tony, a man who was blind from birth came in with his guide dog, Gibbs and gave us an insight into how his life is with Gibbs and how he copes with everyday life, very inspiring.
It costs about £50,000 to train a dog and they rely on help from many volunteers around the country to dog walk the puppies, act as borders, raise funds etc and they are always looking for new volunteers. There is an open day on Saturday 3rd September when apparently, there will be lots of puppies there!

The Cinema Museum visit
In September we visited the intriguing Cinema Museum, housed in an old workhouse building where Charlie Chaplin and his brother lived briefly, along with their mother.
It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane looking at various pieces of memorabilia and sitting in the plush red seats in the small thirty-eight seater cinema room, where we watched some short films from different eras – all that was missing was some popcorn!

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